Wow! The whole day was so incredible and full of memorable moments, but if I had to choose one, it would definitely be walking down the isle towards my husband to be.
As my dad and I entered the quaint little chapel on the hill, the love from our friends and family in the room was overwhelming! 'The Book of Love' by Peter Gabriel was the perfect song to walk to and it just set the tone for a truly beautiful ceremony. It was the best, most precious feeling in the world, and my man had never looked so handsome before (especially with the tears in his eyes! ;))
My husband ensured that we got the 'full' experience from city, to bush, to beach, to dessert and back!
Our first night was spent at the Luxurious Four Seasons in Johannesburg;
We then made our way to the beautiful Highgrove House in Hazyview;
After which we spent a few nights in the African bushveld in the Kruger Park
We then went back to Johannesburg to join in the celebrations of my Grandfather's 90th birthday (Wow old people can jol!!) and then, (the highlight of the honeymoon) we ventured off the the MALDIVES!!! Absolute paradise!!!!
And just to ensure we didn't hit the post honeymoon blues after leaving the best place on this planet, we went to the beautiful Bab Al Shams desert hotel in Dubai where I got to ride some camels, dance with some belly dancers and enjoy a plunge in the pool in 48 degree weather.
We had the time of our lives, and even though we'll be eating 2 minute noodles for the next few months, it was so worth it!
I've never imagined myself in a white dress - I love colour too much! Thank goodness for Vesselina Pentcheva, who designed a dress, perfect for me, which exceeded all my expectations! She was so warm and trustworthy throughout the whole process, and really made me feel like a princess. The end product was the most beautiful, unique dress I have ever seen!
I'm also not a girl who wears much make-up...way too much hassle for me, but my extremely talented sister-in-law 'Nicole Amory Hair & Make-Up Artist' made me feel so comfortable and beautiful. She did a fantastic job with my hair and make-up by keeping it natural and focusing on my features.
My jewelry was also very special to me. I wore my mother’s pearl bracelet and specially made tassel earings that my mom surprised me with!
I was following an eating plan for approx 6 months;
Going to gym classes 3 times a week for 2 months;
I had teeth whitening done (approx 6 weeks before the wedding)
We were very particular about the decor and colour scheme - it was very important for us to create a magical feel with a unique touch!
Our reception was in a cellar. There were three long, banquet style tables with the dance floor in the middle. The chandeliers above the tables were dimmed low, and we had hundreds of candles on the table to create a very romantic effect.
We hardly had any flowers - 60 to be exact! We chose strelizias because of their beautiful shape and deep bold colours.
As I said before, I LOVE colour, and ‘pale pinks’ and pastels would just not do it for me. No- we had to go bold. We incorporated a lot of deep reds, purples, fucias, burnt orange, charcoal blues and rose gold.
Most of the decorations were done by ourselves with the help of family and friends (we managed to real them in by bribing them with dinner parties and wine!
The groom and groomsmen wore navy suits supplied by Woolworths.
The Groomsmen wore white shirts and the Groom a baby blue shirt- also from Woolworths.
They all had brown leather shoes, gifted by my mom in law (also from Woolworths) and had custom leather ties and belts made @ Woodheads leather shop in Capetown.
They’re socks were from Happy Socks.
The Groom wore a pocket square (also from Woolworths) and a silver, quirky, flamingo tie clip from Eon Hoon - a very talented jewelry designer
The bridesmaids looked incredible! They wore ankle length A-line dresses (with pockets!!!!)
The fabric was chosen by my husband- a beautiful dutchess satin teal, with a bold flower print.
Their heels we’re all nude and they wore their hair in a loose side bun.
Their pearl/teal/nude pink tassel earrings was also a diy project and they complemented their look perfectly!
Kerry Curnick from 'Pins and Peonies' also gifted us all with beautiful gowns which we wore while getting ready.
Our marriage office was the coolest pastor ever!! His name is John Muir from Cape Town Church of Christ.
Zandri and Kevin from Zandri Du Preez photography did all our photos, and we are absolutely thrilled with them!!
We really didn’t want to go the ‘cheesy’ route when it came to the wedding photos, and they made us feel so comfortable and captured so many beautiful natural moments throughout the day!
We chose not to have a planner, but our one friend Keelyn Crowley from ‘I do box’ jumped in at the last minute to help source tablecloths, flowers, underplates, fairy lights and glass vases. She was amazing!
Wedding transport? Something we totally forgot about!
Thankfully the farm had a tractor to take the guest and groom/groomsmen up to the chapel
Our caterer was ‘Malita Joubert Catering’ - the warmest, most accommodating catering tannies you will ever meet! They went out of their way for us to create the perfect menu at the right price point.
When we couldn’t find someone to make us a cake, they even jumped in and sorted that out, and it looked so beautiful!
Guests raved about the food and no-one left hungry!
We designed the stationary ourselves and had it printed at Postnet.
We took dance lessons, but when push came to shove, we forgot all our steps and resorted to whatever we knew!
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